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The Joint Economic Committee of Congress has just produced an important new study titled "The Demise of the Happy Two-Parent Home."
The report exhaustively presents data showing the shocking collapse of marriage and traditional family in America and then explores possible explanations for why it has happened.
- In 1962, 71% of women ages 15-44 were married. By 2019, this was down to 42%.
- In 1962, 5% of women ages 30-34 had never been married. By 2019, this was up to 35%.
- In the 1960s, less than 1% of couples living together were not married. Today, it is over 12%.
- And the percentage of births to unmarried women has risen from 5% in 1960 to 40% in 2018.
- In 1970, 85% of children lived with two parents. By 2019, this was down to 70%.
The relevant questions are: Why should the collapse of marriage in the United States concern us? And why is this happening?
Regarding the first question, it depends on your values. To the large but dwindling number of Americans who care about traditional biblical morality, the collapse of marriage and family, the openness to other lifestyles prohibited by biblical morality, is of concern. It is not a healthy sign about what is happening in our culture.
[Ron: The fact that this author refers to "biblical" morality in this context suggests the answer to the question. This author, like the general US population, doesn't appear to be aware that there is a great difference between the divine moral values taught by Jesus the Christ and the distorted and corrupted moral values expressed in the Bible and the Christian religion which were developed at least 300 years after Jesus was crucified and have been continually corrupted ever since.
The moral values professed by the Catholic church and most Christian churches today have been destroyed by the Talmudic influences that corrupted it from its inception. That corruption was accelerated by Talmusists in the Talmudic Black Nobility that ruled the Venetian empire in the 12th Century. Today very little divine truth is left in Western Christianity.
For instance the Christian religion doesn’t tell adherents about reincarnation because Emperor Justinian eliminated virtually all references to Jesus’ teaching about reincarnation from the Bible. This was finally achieved during the Fifth Ecumenical Council in 554 AD. At that time Emperor Justinian arrested Pope Vigilius for Believing in Reincarnation and had the Council declare:
If anyone asserts the fabulous preexistence of souls, and shall assert the monstrous restoration which follows from it: let him be anathema. (The Anathemas against Origen), attached to the decrees of the Fifth Ecumenical Council, A.D. 554, in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, 2d ser., 14: 318). See eg: Pope [Vigilius] Arrested for Believing in Reincarnation - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Pope-Vigilius-Arrested-for-Believing-in-Reincarnation.shtml
Eradication of the doctrine of Reincarnation, ie knowledge that the evolvement of life and hence MIND is based on the reincarnation process (which is essential to enable spirit beings incarnating into physicality to avail themselves of a sufficient number of physical incarnations to adequately explore and understand the immensity of life, the universe and everything) is the method used by the Pharisees and neo-Pharisees, ie Talmudists who call themselves Jews but are not, to convince gentiles (ie all who DO NOT accept Talmudism) that they are merely physical creatures having one, only, lifetime which has no meaning, destiny or purpose. Concomitantly this LIE, reinforced by the Talmudists’ funding and coercion of scientists to accept and promulgate false science about life, the universe and everything as typified by falsely promulgated Darwinian evolutionary theories about the Origin of Species, has made it easy for Talmudists and the Christian religious puppets they control, to instil fear of death into congregations. The truth is scientifically explained by Bruce Lipton. See eg: Bruce Lipton - Fear vs Love State and Stress's Effects on Your Body - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Other_Spiritual_Pieces_68/Bruce-Lipton---Fear-vs-Love-State-and-Stress-s-Effects-on-Your-Body.shtml
This process of inserting LIES into Christian teaching and the Bible has made it feasible for Talmudists and materialists generally, to distort human consciousness and science by having scientists, academics, educators and commentators as well as the MSM, promulgate false and ridiculous ideas about consciousness arising from random chemical reactions. This also enables Talmudists et al to contend that people on this small planet on the edge of the universe are the most, and probably the only, consciously intelligent beings in the Cosmos. LOL.
A major 20th Century distortion of the Bible was the Scofield Bible financed by the Rothschilds at the beginning of the 20th century. See eg: The Zionist-Created Scofield 'Bible'. - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/The-Zionist-Created-Scofield-Bible.shtml
Arguably the Schofield Bible has been the major cause of the irrational acceptance of Judaism by Evangelical Christians and so-called Christian Zionists in the US. This has caused growth of belief in the gross LIE that Christian values that are derived from the teachings of Jesus have arisen from or have some real connection with, Judaism. This false belief has segued into the LIE that Western civilisation has derived its moral values from so-called Judeo-Christian roots.
See eg:Judaism and Christianity - Two Thousand Years of Lies - 60 Years of State Terrorism - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Judaism-and-Christianity---Two-Thousand-Years-of-Lies---60-Years-of-State-Terrorism.shtml].
For those whose concerns are more secular, the collapse of marriage is of concern because the practical results are not good. A large body of research exists showing the social benefits of traditional marriage and family, and the social costs of their collapse.
There is the oft-quoted observation of Brookings Institution scholar Ron Haskins that American adults who follow three rules - finish high school; get a full-time job; and wait until at least age 21 to get married and have children - have a 2% chance of being poor and a 75% chance of being a middle-class wage earner.
In a recent interview, Nobel Prize-winning University of Chicago economist James Heckman observed:
"The main barriers to developing effective policies for income and social mobility is fear of honest engagement in the changes in the American family and the consequences it has wrought. ... The family is the source of life and growth. Families build values, encourage (or discourage) their children in school and out. Families - far more than schools - create or inhibit life opportunities."
Why has traditional marriage and family so dramatically collapsed?
The report examines several possible factors, a major one being the dramatic growth in the welfare state supporting female heads of household.
According to the report, "The value of the safety net for single-mother families is 133 percent higher today than in 1940, and 56 percent higher than in 1960."
Nevertheless, changes in behavior reflect changes in values. Why do values change?
Gallup has been asking since 1952, "How important would you say religion is in your own life - very important, fairly important or not very important."
In 1952, 75% said "very important." In 1970, this was down to about 60%, and by 1978, this was down to 52%."
It was in this environment of a dramatic drop in Americans' sense of the personal importance of religion that, in 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion.
A wave of court decisions banned religion from the public square. In 1962, prayer in public school was banished.
In 2002 Gallup polling, 45% said to have a baby outside of marriage was morally acceptable. By 2015, this was up to 61%, and by 2019, it was up to 64%.
What seems clear is that the collapse of marriage and family that has been occurring in our nation is not occurring in a vacuum. Values are changing.
For those who are worried about the situation, who want to see marriage and family strengthened again, the beginning must be awareness of the problem. To this end, the Joint Economic Committee report provides an important service to the nation.
[Ron: Really? Really? HOW? Providing a litany of Gallup poll results of people's opinions about marriage, family and abortion tells us nothing about HOW and WHY those opinions have been created. Similarly, mention of Roe v. Wade and the rise of the Welfare State doesn't begin to delve into the reasons for those occurrances and the mechanisms used to implement them in order to change US political, economic, social and moral life. To begin to scratch the surface of those issues it is necessary to trace the growth of oligarchic wealth and power and of the compulsory government controlled US education system under the Rockefellers and their ilk. Also we need to understand the effect of the creation and growth of the Federal Reserve System and the IRS as well as the growth of the US Welfare State under presidents Roosevelt, Johnson and others. And it is also crucial to get a grip on the rise of cultural Marxism following the arrival of Bolsheviks fleeing the Soviet Union since the late 1970s. In politics nothing happens by chance.].
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Star Parker is a columnist for The Daily Signal and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.